Junior scores ten straight points in decisive 14-5 run, finishes with 29
At left: Mike Garrow (Photo by Cris Yarborough)
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team rode a career-high 29-point effort from junior guard Mike Garrow (Terryville) to a 70-60 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Foley Gym, taking over sole possession of second place in the conference with its fifth straight conference road triumph.
With four regular-season conference games remaining, Eastern (14-7, 8-2 Little East) moved a game ahead of the University of Southern Maine, which dropped an 88-80 home decision to Keene State College Saturday.
Eastern won its fifth straight LEC road game after an opening loss and improved to 7-2 overall on the road in sweeping Plymouth in the home-and-home series for the third straight season.
Behind Garrow's 12-for-17 field goal effort which netted him his career-high point total, Eastern shot over .500 from the floor (.549) for the eighth time this year in breaking an overall two-game losing streak. Garrow was held to four points in 20 minutes in Eastern's ten-point win (73-63) over Plymouth Jan. 5 at Geissler Gymnasium.
Eastern never trailed but needed a 14-5 burst early in the second half - ten straight points in the run courtesy of Garrow -- to push a seven-point lead to 16, 59-43, with 7:26 left. In that stretch, Garrow completed a conventional three-point play, a three-point field goal, a jumper and an inside basket to help the Warriors pull away.
The four players Eastern took off the bench combined for only eight points in 41 minutes, with Plymouth (6-15, 2-8 Little East) sophomore guard Shomari Morgan eclipsing the combined total of Eastern's bench players with 15 points in 22 minutes. In Eastern's earlier win over Plymouth, Morgan played but two scoreless minutes.
Garrow scored 19 of the team's 36 second-half points and also finished the game with nine rebounds.
Senior forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) was perfect on six field goal tries in the game to improve his conference-leading percentage to .569. Robitaille totaled 13 points and a game-high ten rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
Junior guard Brian Salzillo (North Haven) clicked on his first three-point field goal attempt of the second half to extend his streak of games with at least one to 26. It was the sixth time that he has advanced the streak by converting exactly one three-pointer.
The game was the first for Eastern since losing senior point guard Joe Ives (Avon) for the season to a knee injury late in Wednesday's loss to Wesleyan University.
Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.